The Sightsee Story

Sightsee is a retail shop + coffee bar that is greater than the sum of its parts.  

Founded by Joel Sadler and Allyson Sutton, Sightsee aims to inspire a sense of adventure in everyday life. By blending the energy and community of a cafe with the joy of product discovery, Sightsee introduces you to new finds in a way that breaks traditional retail categorization. Grab a cup of coffee, strike up a conversation, and learn how the brands we carry can bring a bit of adventure to your day-to-day. 



This is not just a passion project. We mean business. Sightsee was born out of deep conviction about brick-and-mortar retail and a burning desire to help shape the future of our beloved city, Charleston, SC. We believe that small, unique storefronts play an essential ingredient in the vibrancy and vitality of cities. Without local retail, our towns become urban malls with fancy food courts. And Charleston is especially at risk of that plight. 

Between rising rents and online shopping, it is harder than ever for our much-needed local retail shops to survive. In order to make it, we believe that the brick-and-mortar experience must evolve beyond a physical version of what you can find online. Shops must become communities — welcoming spaces where engaging conversation is as easy to find as your next purchase. Enter Sightsee: a coffee shop and retail store that is greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you're grabbing a cup to go, meeting a friend, or shopping for the latest from up-and-coming brands, stopping in Sightsee is an experience that can't be replicated by apps and algorithms.